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1986-2019: Celebrating Scotland's Music for over 30 Years

news article for July 2019 News

Posted: 20th July 2019

Tickets are selling well for The Singing Sixties Concert in the Queen’s Hall on the 12th August but hardly surprising with a guest list including Barbara Dickson, Archie Fisher, Adan McNaughtan, Arthur Johnstone, Ian Bruce, Iain Rankin, Harry Cullen, John Barrow and Dick Gaughan, who is yet again rising to the occasion with a song. There are many other singers, too many to mention here, and also some surprise guests according to organiser Ian McCalman. Should be a great night of song.

Drs John Barrow and Ian Green are reviving the old Sandy Bell’s Broadsheet with a one-off special edition to mark the occasion of The Singing Sixties, with contributions from some amazing personalities. We’ll not spoil things by announcing the contributors yet but rest assured it will be a 12-page SBB of great interest, humour and nostalgia. This special issue will be on sale at the Concert and in Sandy Bell’s Bar, Edinburgh, but will also be available soon direct from Greentrax for £2.00 (including P&P).

The Malinky album Hansel and Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern Live in Concert are going great guns. Malinky had a full centre page spread in a recent edition of The National newspaper.

Dick Gaughan’s The Harvard Tapes, a definitive concert from 1982 is released on 1st August and if advance orders are anything to go by, Dick will be earning good royalties from sales. Both Ian McCalman and Ian Green believe this is “vintage Gaughan” and Dick himself agrees they are the best live recordings of himself he has ever heard. The recordings were made by Brian O’Donovan at a concert in The Old Cambridge Baptist Church, near Harvard University Campus in 1982. The late Johnny Cunningham accompanies Dick on fiddle on the Freedom Come All Ye. Brian has freely donated the recordings and bonus tracks have also been given free by Jason Smith from Milngavie concerts in 2010 and 2012. A quite outstanding collection and a unique project with everyone giving their services free so that Dick will earn a substantial royalty from sales in his enforced “rest” from touring.

news article for 50th Anniversary of Rankin File

Posted: 10th June 2019

​The group Rankin File, featuring the songs of Iain Rankin, celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019 of their formation in 1969.

In recognition of the anniversary, Brack’n’File are performing an hour-long show of Iain’s songs at the Acoustic Music Centre during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 19th August.

Iain Rankin is doing a solo show at Acoustic Music Centre on the 16th August.

Iain is also performing as part of Ian McCalman’s The Singing Sixties - Songs Which Stood The Test Of Time with Barbara Dickson and friends.

Buy tickets for Brack’n’File Sing The Iain Rankin Songbook here.

Buy tickets for Iain Rankin’s solo show here.

Buy the CD Rankin File - For The Record at Greentrax.

news article for The Singing Sixties with Barbara Dickson and Friends

Posted: 27th March 2019

The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh - Monday 12th August 2019, 8:00pm

Featuring Barbara Dickson, Archie Fisher, Adam McNaughton, Dick Gaughan, Sangsters, Iain Rankin, the award-winning Far, Far From Ypres choir plus superb surprise guests.

Forty Scottish folk star singers, sitting at tables positioned on the stage, rolling back the years with a singing session of over twenty songs, based on the sessions of the 1960s. Party time!

The Singing Sixties celebrates the ‘60s folk choruses when Sandy Bell’s Bar, and bars like it in Scotland, attracted world-famous musicians to join locals in mighty harmony.

If you were around then and can’t remember that era, you were probably in Sandy Bell’s bar with that lot, singing just for the joy of it. Many classic traditional and contemporary chorus songs will be reprised and you’re invited to join in.

Book tickets here.


Barbara Dickson * Archie Fisher * Adam McNaughton * Dick Gaughan * Arthur Johnstone * Iain Anderson * Ian McCalman * Iain Rankin * Ian Bruce * Hamish Bayne * Gary West * Brian Miller * Stevie Palmer * Harry Cullen * Charlie Milne * George Archibald * May Weatherston * Jim Weatherston * Allan Prior * Carole Prior * Andy Ramage * Ann Murray * Fiona Forbes * John Barrow * Ann O’Toole * Ann Allan * Bill Hill * Cass (Gordon) Stewart * John Allan * Dennis Wilson * Kenny McDonald * Linda Wilson * Morag Dunbar * Norman Gore * Tom Ward * Siobhan Miller (subject to availability)

Songs planned

30 Foot Trailer * The Broom O’ The Cowdenknowes * Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway * Together Forever * Call On Me * Lancashire Lads * The Ploughboy Lads * Da Doo Ron Ron * Sandy Bells Man * Cushie Butterfield * Jeely Piece Song * Early Morning Rain * I’ll Lay Ye Doon Love * Lesson Too Late For The Learning * Star O’ The Bar * Busk Busk Bonnie Lassie * Everything’s Fine Right Now * Working On The New Railroad * Sleepy Toon * Three Score And Ten * Yellow On The Broom * Doon In The Wee Room * Freedom Come All Ye

news article for Christine Kydd performances in 2019

Posted: 22nd March 2019

​Christine Kydd’s forthcoming performance dates include:

  • Thursday 4 April - Houston Folk Club, HOUSTON
  • Friday 12 April - Garmouth Folk Club, GARMOUTH
  • Sunday 14 April - Wee Launch Shift & Change CD and family ceilidh, GLEN PROSEN
  • Saturday 27 April - Cappuccino Concert, Wighton Centre, DUNDEE
  • Sunday 28 April - Bothy Folk Club, SOUTHPORT, Merseyside
  • Monday 29 April - Nether Edge Bowling Club, SHEFFIELD, South Yorkshire
  • Wednesday 1 May - Coach House Studios, WIRKSWORTH, Derbyshire
  • Tuesday 23 June - Wee Folk Club, EDINBURGH
  • Friday 28 June - Perthshire House concert (by invitation), BLAIRGOWRIE
  • 26th to 28th July - Traditional Singing Weekend, CULLERLIE, Aberdeenshire
  • Monday 26 August - Pitlochry Theatre, PITLOCHRY with Gillian Frame
  • 31st August to 7th September - School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance, BARGA, Italy
  • Tuesday 17 September - Leith Folk Club, EDINBURGH

See Christine’s February 2019 Greentrax album release Shift & Change.

See all current performance dates on Christine Kydd’s website.

news article for Tony McManus live

Posted: 25th February 2019

Tony McManus has just finished a very successful of tour of the UK with Julia Toaspern, a multi-instrumentalist and singer.

This was followed by gigs in Germany, three of which were recorded for a live album which Greentrax hopes to release later this year.

Visit Tony McManus’ website for more news.

news article for February 2019 News

Posted: 28th January 2019

Barbara Dickson embarks on a UK tour between 1st February and 10th March 2019. See Barbara’s website for all tour venues, dates and links for booking and see albums by Barbara Dickson on Greentrax.

Malinky are currently finishing off a new studio album which will be available in March 2019. It will be packaged along with a second CD of tracks selected from their previous five albums, plus some live tracks. The double CD package will sell for the price of one CD. The band had a very successful gig at Celtic Connections on 25th January. See Malinky albums and news on Greentrax.

Dougie Mackenzie, a weel kent face from Inverness, recently recorded an album at Ian McCalman’s Kevock Studio, Lasswade. Ian Green heard the first mixes and was so impressed he immediately invited Dougie to join Greentrax. The album will be released in May 2019.

news article for Far, Far From Ypres is STMA Event Of The Year 2018

Posted: 5th December 2018

Far, Far From Ypres - The Concert won the Event Of The Year category at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2018 at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 1st December.

Congratulations to The Cast and especially Ian McCalman. Quite amazing to think that this all arose out of June and Ian Green attending the WWI Battlefields tour with Mercat Tours of Edinburgh some years ago. Ian came back and could not rest until he had compiled the double CD Far, Far From Ypres with the help of Ian McCalman. “From small acorns mighty oak trees grow” is applicable in this case.

The album is now a Greentrax bestseller and the DVD of The Concert in Selkirk in August is selling like hot-cakes.

Congratulations also to Gary West and Iain MacInnes for their success with Pipeline.

See full results from the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2018.

news article for September 2018 News

Posted: 22nd September 2018

In August, Ian Green went on the Far, Far From Ypres Concert Tour of Oban, Portree and Ullapool, offering the CD Far, Far From Ypres - Songs, Poems and Music of World War I and the newly released DVD Far, Far From Ypres - The Concert. Sales were brisk and mail orders for the DVD have also been excellent. The CD continues to outsell all other Greentrax albums.

Ian met many old friends and mail order customers on the tour and their feedback after the concerts was consistent: “A wonderful concert and very emotional…” (as they wiped away a tear or two). Ian has seen the show about six times and watched the DVD twice and still enjoys the amazing spectacle (with a tear or two!).

The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, has recently made tickets available for the Upper Circle to accommodate the huge demand for tickets for 11th November.

Ian notes that Alan Brydon has recorded a superb album on the subject of World War I, war in general and of the Scottish Borders, called Reflections. Visit Alan Brydon’s website to order this fine album.

The Nick Keir Commemorative Concert at the Acoustic Music Centre during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was a sell-out, and a memorable evening of Nick’s songs, sung by some of his friends and ending appropriately with Nick’s recording of Festival Lights. This song is a Fringe anthem and the words are painted on a wall of The Royal Oak, home of the Wee Folk Club.

Sales of Nick’s compilation album 1953 to 2013 - A Double Album Reflecting the Talents of Nick Keir sold well on the night. It includes 37 songs, all written by Nick apart from one, and is the definitive collection of Nick’s work.

Carmel and Eric Bogle are currently visiting Scotland but Eric has left his guitar at home, while he enjoys a well deserved holiday with his twin sister Sandra and husband Ron. Eric Bogle With John Munro - Voices is the most recent work by two remarkable songwriters. Sadly John passed away earlier this year and is greatly missed by all, particularly by Eric who toured with John for so many years.

The long awaited debut album from Gaelic singer Sineag MacIntyre has been recorded and now has to be mixed and mastered but should hopefully be released on 1st November. Produced by Iain MacDonald and with a host of talented session folk.

news article for Artist Performances in August 2018

Posted: 1st August 2018

The Acoustic Music Centre - now at UCC, 14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh - is again one of the venues for Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. Amongst the many highlights will be a show on 23rd August titled Festival Lights - The Songs Of Nick Keir, presented by The Quiggs, Sangsters and Dick Gaughan. In 2017 Greentrax released A Double Album Reflecting The Talents of Nick Keir. This remarkable 2CD collection is available for the price of one CD.

Ticket sales for the Far, Far From Ypres stage presentation, produced by Ian McCalman and with a cast of 25, are going well. The concert will be on tour from August to November in various venues around Scotland, and tickets are now on sale at the venues. The final concert will be in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 11th November 2018 (Armistice Day). The first concert in Selkirk on 5th August will be filmed with a view to Greentrax releasing a DVD of the full concert which should be available shortly afterwards. See the concert tour dates.


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